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Group commends women’s soccer team

first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution Wednesday congratulating the Notre Dame women’s soccer team on its victory in the national championship game. “The Notre Dame Women’s Soccer team beat the previously unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Stanford Women’s Soccer team to win the 2010 NCAA National Championship on Dec. 5,” the resolution said. Student body president Andrew Bell said each member of the team and the coaching staff will receive a copy of the resolution along with a congratulatory letter. Oversight chair Paige Becker said the team’s dedication deserved praise from student government. “Historically, the Oversight Committee has always done a resolution to congratulate really outstanding athletic achievements like a national championship,” Becker said. “We just wanted to recognize their hard work and how well it paid off during the game.” The resolution also acknowledged the team’s performance throughout the season. “The Women’s Soccer team finished their 2010 season with a record of 21-2-2 and their senior class finished their four-year career with a record of 87-12-5,” the resolution said. Sunday marked the team’s third national championship and the eighth national championship appearance in the program’s history. The resolution specifically congratulated the leadership of Coaches Randy Waldrum, Dawn Greathouse, Ken Nuber and Jeannette Boudway and captains Lauren Fowlkes and Jessica Schuveiller, and it included the names of all team members. The senators also debated whether to include the name of the senior student manager in the resolution. O’Neill Hall senator Michael Ryan said a resolution could not possibly acknowledge all the people who support the soccer team. “I do not think it is fair to just include that one person because there are a bunch of other people who contributed to the team,” Ryan said. “By including them we still leave out so many people.” The Senate decided the resolution could still be supportive of the team without including the extra name of the student manager. The resolution passed unanimously. ­­last_img read more

Football equipment manager continues passion on field

first_imgIf there’s one constant in Irish football, it is that in their pristine golden helmets the players look good. For the past few seasons head equipment manager Ryan Grooms has been the man responsible. Grooms said he became a football equipment manager in order to remain involved in the sport when he could no longer play. “I played high school football and couldn’t continue my career past high school. It was my way to stay in the game and be involved with it. I get to be part of the game and still enjoy it, and I found out I could get paid to do it so it was a win-win situation,” Grooms said. “It keeps me young and I get paid to go to Notre Dame football practice, so I can’t complain too much right now. Things are good.” Grooms, a father of two, said his favorite aspect of the job is the opportunity it gives him to bring his son, a toddler, into the locker room to hang out with the players. “My favorite part of the job is that I have a two and a half year old little boy and I get to bring him up in the locker room. Coach Kelly is a very family-oriented guy, which allows everyone else to bring their family around,” he said. “We have a job that takes a lot of hours and consumes a lot of our time away from home. It’s fun for me to see him running around the locker room and high-fiving Zach Martin, T.J. [Jones] and all those guys. He gets to hang out with them and gets to be part of it.” Grooms said his role in the overall team structure is to focus on player safety so the players and coaches can focus on the game.  “My role, my goal, is to make sure those guys are healthy and safe and protected as much as I can do,” Grooms said. “It’s Coach Kelly’s role that determines the success. I want nothing more than for these guys to win.”  Grooms said he is in charge of maintaining the locker room and coordinating all team travel, but primarily he and his staff work to provide players and coaches with any and every item of equipment they need. “First and foremost is player safety. It all starts with helmet fitting, that’s the most important, and then everything trickles down,” he said. “We fit them with all their equipment – helmets, shoulder pads, shoes, leg pads, you name it. … I work closely with Adidas on a daily basis to order the apparel and footwear, anything you see a player or coach wearing we take care of from the equipment room.” In order to prevent concussions and other injuries it is essential to constantly maintain and adjust the athletes’ equipment, Grooms said. “The biggest fear of the job is player safety – there’s a lot of concussion talk,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can every day to make sure we’ve got our helmets properly fit – checking the air, checking the chinstraps. … We do routine maintenance repairs and checks on all the equipment. … You just want to make sure the players are always safe.” In addition to their formal duties, Grooms said he and his staff make an effort to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for players who visit the equipment room. “We are very close with the players, whether we want to be or not. We try and make sure that we have a good atmosphere for those guys to come into, whether it’s to get away from school or get away from the locker room, they know they can come to the equipment room and just hang out,” he said. “It’s an area where they can just be themselves and not have to be the starting receiver or running back or whoever it may be. An area where they can kind of get away and have a good time.” As head equipment manager Grooms is responsible on a daily basis for a 25-person staff, which consists of one full-time assistant equipment manager and 24 student managers. Grooms said these student managers work hard and work well without receiving much recognition.  “The three senior managers, the juniors and the sophomores on a daily basis really make practices work. They make things run smoothly. They’re not seen and they don’t get heard about and they do an outstanding job,” he said. Grooms said he enjoys showing the locker room to visitors because it reminds him how fortunate he is to work in a place other people dream of seeing. “It’s so unique to be able to bring people into the locker room and see their reaction,” he said. “I catch myself sometimes taking it for granted … walking in to [the locker room] is walking into my office, which is pretty cool to say. When I get to bring people in for their first time and they see how special it is, it’s a reality check.” Grooms said his favorite moment in the long and storied tradition of Notre Dame football was the 2012 victory over USC that capped an undefeated season.  “My favorite moment in Notre Dame football history, because I lived it myself, was when we beat USC last year. To see the reaction of the guys, the coaches and everybody coming together, it was awesome,” Grooms said. “Nothing like being 12-0, I’ve never done that anywhere else. To do it at Notre Dame and at this level of competition, and to know where we were going to go after that, you can’t match it.” The best story of a player losing equipment happened two years ago on the night of the game against Michigan, he said. Former Irish place kicker David Ruffer realized he forgot his kicking cleats in the equipment room in Notre Dame Stadium after the team had reached Ann Arbor, Mich. Grooms said the reason his staff had not brought the cleats with the rest of the team’s footwear is that kickers often refuse to let anyone else transport their kicking cleats. “Kickers are by far, and I say this in a good way, the weirdest guys on the team,” Grooms said. ” They don’t let their kicking shoes out of their sight … They’ll bring [the shoes] in their backpack because they don’t want anybody else to handle them.” Grooms contacted the team’s doctors, who had yet to leave campus, and after police and firefighters helped them get into the locked stadium equipment room the doctors brought Ruffer’s cleats to the game. Grooms is in his fourth year as head equipment manager for the football program. He said he has worked with the equipment staff at five different universities in the past 14 1/2 years, 11 of those years as a full-time manager rather than a student. His last position prior to coming to Notre Dame was as the head equipment manager at the University of Minnesota. The traditions and fans of Notre Dame football make it very different from the other schools at which he has worked, Grooms said. “I’ve been fortunate to able to go from job to job and to advance each time. You get to one place and you learn about the program, and it doesn’t take that long. Well, there is a learning curve at Notre Dame with how special a place it is and with the world-wide, not just nation-wide, following that Notre Dame football has,” he said. Grooms said he is happy his path as a professional equipment manager has brought him to Notre Dame. “It’s Notre Dame, at the end of the day you can’t beat it,” Grooms said. Contact Christian Myers at cmyers8@nd.edulast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts ‘Art Now’

first_imgSaint Mary’s kicked off the first installment of its Center For Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) Series for the Arts on Monday with a conversation entitled “Art Now.”Krista Hoefle, associate professor of art at Saint Mary’s, spoke at “Art Now” about her presentation of her work at the international art show for modern and contemporary works, Art Basel Miami Beach.“It was like a whole other world that I’m not privy to outside of my studio on campus,” Hoefle said. She said was able to see works of artists she has long admired up close. Among the thousands of artists who exhibited at Miami Beach were the works of Ai Weiwei, Rachel Harrison, and Li Hongbo.The also trip introduced Hoefle to new artists that she had never heard of before, she said.“The main reason I wanted to go was to be introduced to international artists,” Hoefle said. “Many of these artists had never exhibited in the United States before this show.”One such artist Hoefle discovered on her trip was Aime MPane, an artist originally from the Congo who now lives in Brussels making portrait art from plywood. Hoefle presented pictures of MPane’s work; many different faces carved and painted on squares of the plywood.“He’s carving through that material to reveal the different skin tones,” Hoefle observed. “There’s a nice analogy between his process and the colonial history of where he’s from.”Hoefle was able to photograph the work of Li Hongbo up-close as well. Hoefle said recognized his work immediately. She said she included a video entitled “Li Hongbo – Out of Paper” in her presentation to explain the secret to his work.Li Hongbo, an artist based out of Beijing, displays classic marble statues, flowers, and plain blocks of wood in his exhibitions and the secret is not immediately discernable.“At first you don’t think that it could possibly change,” Li Hongbo said in the video. “But when you open it or provoke it, it inspires a change.”In the video, Li Hongbo explained that he uses the ancient art of paper gourd craft, best known in its form as traditional Chinese red paper lanterns, which allows his seemingly fixed sculptures to move and contract when touched. The video “Out of Paper” is available on YouTube for viewing.“Art Basel is a spectacle,” Hoefle said. “Celebrities will go, art stars will be there.” Hoefle said art fairs can also incite controversy. She said the exhibit of Rachel Harrison, an artist based in New York City, considered to be an artist of “Outsider” or “Folk Art” was so minimalist and bizarre that art critics lumped it under the label of “post-skill movement.”“Sometimes we’ll leave and we’ll be like, ‘That’s why people hate art,’” Hoefle said, referring to art critics like Simon Doonan who write about why the art world is so loathsome. Despite its mixed reviews, Hoefle admitted a fondness for Harrison’s work.One of the intriguing things about Rachel Harrison’s show for Ms. Hoefle was its conscious effort to “subvert the overt masculinity in the history of art culture,” she said.Overt masculinity in art culture was a running theme in Krista Hoefle’s presentation. She and her husband also attended the Packer Schopf Gallery, a collection usually based out of Chicago.Hoefle said there was a 50/50 split of male and female artists at the Packer Schopf gallery, but this is not always the case.“There was an audit done in 2012 by the Guardian to find out how many women and how many men were being represented in gallery spaces,” Hoefle said. “The Guardian found that 67 percent of galleries at the 2012 London’s Frieze Art Fair represent less than 1/3 women.”Hoefle said those numbers are significant.“Exhibiting your work isn’t everything, [but] the art world is all about connections in terms of making your voice heard,” she said.Hoefle ended her presentation with the work of Ai Weiwei, another artist based out of Beijing, famous for his controversial pieces of international acclaim.Ai Weiwei has catalyzed a whole new generation of Chinese artists, including He Xiangyu who also exhibited works at Art Basel Miami, who deal with controversial subjects such as the suppressive forces of global capitalism, Hoefle said.Ai Weiwei, in particular is “really outspoken in his criticism of the Chinese government,” Hoefle said.Visit ArtBasel.com and cwil.saintmarys.edu for more information.Tags: SMClast_img read more

Former theology professor dies

first_imgFr. Richard P. McBrien, the Crowley-O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Theology, died Sunday morning at the age of 78 after a long illness, according to a Notre Dame press release.McBrien joined the faculty of Notre Dame as the head of the theology department in 1980 and served in his position until 1991, according to the National Catholic Register.“Father McBrien was a leading theologian and commentator on the Catholic Church,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of and hope for the Church. We pray for eternal rest for his soul.”According to the press release, McBrien was also a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, as well as the author of more than 25 books, including “Catholicism,” “Lives of the Saints,” “Lives of the Popes” and “The Church and Politics.” He was one of the most widely quoted members of the Notre Dame faculty on all matters relating to the Catholic Church.As of Sunday night, funeral arrangements are pending, but a memorial Mass at the Basilica has been tentatively scheduled for the coming weeks.Tags: Fr. Richard P. McBrien, Professor death, theologianlast_img read more

Student body presidential candidates: Bryan Ricketts and Nidia Ruelas

first_imgWho are they: Student body presidential candidate Bryan Ricketts has spent the past two years as president of PrismND and served as a peer educator for the Gender Relations Center. He also served student government on a consulting basis with matters of sexual assault prevention and gender issues. The junior political science and chemical engineering dual-degree student lives in Duncan Hall and hails from Cambridge, Ohio.Nidia Ruelas, a junior Lyons Hall resident, studies political science with a French supplementary major. The Orange County, California, native has served as vice chair of the  Diversity Council  and as a member of the gender issues and social concerns comittees of the  2013-14 administration.Michael Yu I The Observer First priority: Establishing lines of communication with the student body with a “comprehensive social media platform to meet students where they’re already at.”  Ricketts mentioned an online platform to organize student input that he hopes to launch.Top priority:  Their platform repeatedly discusses the concept of “identity” and fostering ways for students to celebrate the various facets of their identities. Ricketts said this will begin by listening to students and hearing about what they think they need to succeed at the University. Their experiences dealing with student concerns in PrismND and on the Diversity Council will inform their initiatives, they said. Best idea: Continuing the conversation about how socioeconomic status affects student life, and launching specific plans to address the issue. Socioeconomic status has often been overlooked in conversations about diversity and inclusion , but Ricketts/Ruelas propose panel discussions about hidden costs of attendance and mentorship opportunities for first-generation college students. Ruelas said she hopes to streamline sources of information about the resources and funding available to low income students.Worst idea: While well-intentioned, Ricketts/Ruelas proposal of 24-hour accessiblity in the student government offices in lieu of office hours or other conversation forums will not be an effective way to foster dialogue with students. It would be better to commit to specific times when students can have their undivided attention instead of falling back on unstructured open time and assuming students will feel comfortable dropping in at all hours of the day. The open door policy needs more structure to be an effective way to connect with students. Most feasible: Emphasizing dorm identity on campus with a series of events that will expand upon current celebrations of residence life. The proposed “Dorm Week,” the possibility of selling dorm merchandise in the bookstore and the suggestion to hold open houses align well with the University-wide emphasis on on-campus residence life.Least feasible: While the proposed online forum to gather, organize and promptly respond to student feedback is an interesting idea, it won’t be as smooth as Ricketts/Ruelas make it sound. Participating students may be more likely to “upvote” jokes to the top of the priority list,instead of serious suggestions. It also seems unlikely that University administrators would be willing to participate in such a platform and engage in direct dialogue with students.Notable quote: “I think [our leadership style] is about bringing together different points of view on campus and making sure that we bring those to the forefront, instead of working from the top down to the bottom.” — RuelasFun facts: Ricketts was once featured on a campus fashion blog, and Ruelas is fluent in three languages. Bottom line: Ricketts and Ruelas have experience working directly with students on big-picture concerns. They seem to have a difficult time articulating exactly what “identity” means to them and how that translates into specific initiatives, and many of their goals are more about discussing and exploring instead of doing. But their sensitivity to issues like socioeconomic status, gender, sexual assault and diversity suggest that they’re well prepared to make a lasting impact on campus culture.last_img read more

Notre Dame student looks to win Cystic Fibrosis scholarship contest

first_imgSophomore Emily Apakian knew her painting needed to be extraordinary.After several days and hours spent poring over her canvas, she picked up her paintbrush and dipped it in colors she felt were most natural for the finishing touches of her painting. With a specific image in mind, she slowly guided her paintbrush over the canvas’s surface before stepping back to view the finished product.The result is a close-up portrait of a brunette girl with arms outstretched and a wide smile on her upturned face. Her exposed neck displays a red and blue trachea leading down to a pair of lungs, as if peering at her through an x-ray. Red, yellow and purple flowers stud the dark-green background behind her.“Roses are sort of the symbol for cystic fibrosis,” Apakian said. “I guess it symbolizes how I try to live my life, trying to accept whatever happens to me with a positive embrace.”Painting this picture was no ordinary past-time: Apakian submitted it for a AbbVie Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Scholarship contest along with an essay and list of her achievements for a chance to win up to $22,000.The scholarship is specifically intended for American undergraduate and graduate students with CF, which, according to the CF’s Foundation website, is “a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.” Apakian is one of what the website said is approximately 30,000 Americans diagnosed with the disease.“Some people are diagnosed when they’re older, but I was diagnosed three weeks after I was born, so [CF] has been part of my life forever,” Apakian said. “It’s hard to describe because I’ve lived with it my whole life, so I honestly don’t know anything different.”Along with the painting, Apakian submitted an essay about a CF research study she participated in when she was in middle school. For the study, Apakian said she had to eat “a disgusting powder” whose flavor would not be disguised despite her mother’s efforts to bake it into different types of food. After many failed efforts to mask the powder, Apakian said she finally decided to eat it plain to help research efforts.“That [study] increased my awareness of how I want to do something that will help with CF,” Apakian said. “I think it’s just really important, too, especially because so much research has gone into CF for me to do whatever I can to help further that research because there’s so much not known about it.”After winning an initial $3,000 academic scholarship in June along with 39 other undergraduate and graduate scholars who won the first round of the contest, Apakian is now in the running for the undergraduate $22,000 Thriving Student Scholarship, which will be awarded to one of the undergraduate finalists by the end of October.Online voting to determine the winner of the $22,000 is currently taking placing on AbbVie’s website. The number of votes a finalist obtains comprises 30 percent of his or her score while the judging panel’s criteria decides the other 70 percent.“If I win [the Thriving Student Scholarship], I can share that story more with people and help advocate for CF,” Apakian said. “For some people with CF, it can be hard because of so many medical complications, so winning can maybe show people that it’s possible to deal with CF.”As symptoms differ case-by-case for CF patients, Apakian said her symptoms include pancreatic-insufficiency that makes it difficult for her to digest most foods other than fruits and vegetables, a persistent cough and longer-lasting regular illnesses.Though Apakian said Notre Dame’s Sarah Bea Disability Services have been helpful, she said transitioning to college and implementing her routine of treating her CF symptoms was an adjustment for her.“Coming into [Notre Dame] and having to keep that schedule the same is different because there are some things I need to do, like order and pick up my own medication,” Apakian said. “It’s just small things that are different, but I have good friends who I’ve told about it, and they support me, and it’s really nice to have that support group who don’t mind if I have to go do my treatments while something else is going on.”Along with what Apakian said are “many medications” that she has to take, she also dedicates 40 minutes of her morning and night every day to CF treatment. When she is sick, she does it three times a day.“I usually have to wake up earlier to do respiratory clearance treatments, so that involves a nebulizer, which I use to breathe in my saline solution that helps clear the mucus in my lungs,” Apakian said. “I also use a vest which literally shakes you to help get out the mucus.”With what the CF Foundation’s website said is an average lifespan of about 37 years for CF patients, Apakian said she struggles to accept the fact that CF can be fatal.“I feel like I need to motivate myself by reminding myself that this is an illness that could potentially go downhill at any time, so that’s definitely a challenge for me,” Apakian said. “And I know that. I just have trouble balancing that.”As a chemical engineering major, Apakian said she is considering going into the bioengineering field after graduation to dedicate some of her life to helping people infected with CF.“I try not to think about the negativity that is brought by [CF] because I’ve had a good life so far,” Apakian said. “It helps having such a good family and good friends who support me and love me no matter what happens, too.”Tags: AbbVie Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship, CF Foundation, cystic fibrosislast_img read more

Jewish Students Association celebrates Passover Seder

first_imgTo celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, the Jewish Students Association of Notre Dame hosted a traditional Seder meal Tuesday night in the Coleman-Morse Center.Senior Jonah Shainberg, co-president of the club, said the ritual feast is held to mark the beginning of the holiday.“Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt to freedom under the leadership of Moses,” he said in an email. “It is one the most important Jewish holidays and is celebrated over the course of a week each year.”Kayla August, assistant director of evangelization at Campus Ministry, said she works with the Jewish Students Association every year to plan the event.“I get to help them share their faith life and their tradition with the community,” she said.Senior Alicia Twisselmann, co-president of the Jewish Students Association, said the organization also partners with the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, which helps lead the ceremony and provides the Passover meal.For the service, guests were given Seder plates set with a number of traditional foods, each symbolizing a special aspect of Passover.During the meal, presiders read the Haggadah, a Jewish text that is recited each Passover Seder. The Haggadah guides individuals through the Passover story and contains instructions for ceremonial customs, several prayers and psalms.Twisselmann said reading the Haggadah helps promote understanding of Passover culture and tradition.“It’s important to tell the story of Passover, to make sure we remember it,” she said. “It’s mentioned in the Seder that we need to tell the story, and the more we tell the story, the better we are.”For attendees who were not of Jewish faith, Twisselmann said she hopes they “gained an appreciation for Jewish culture and of [its] rich history.”She said she believes that the celebration non-Catholic holidays at Notre Dame can help encourage inclusion for all religions.“It fosters a really good dialogue here on campus. A lot of the time people haven’t encountered any faiths other than Catholicism until now,” she said. “Having people get a chance to see how other people live and how other people celebrate is a good way to get a feel for a culture.”Shainberg said despite Notre Dame’s Catholic tradition, he believes the University supports those of all faith backgrounds.“I believe this campus fosters spirit — without limitation — and has made me identify more strongly with my faith than I ever have before,” he said. “We’ve had wholesome Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah celebrations at Notre Dame that will remain special memories for me in the years to come.”August said she values interfaith events at Notre Dame because they sponsor diversity in the community.“It’s just a privilege because not only do I get to share my faith and cultivate leadership, but I get to learn so much from the students too,” she said. “We all have different ways of praying and worshiping, and we can all come together over a meal and over traditions that mean a lot to us.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Jewish Students Association, Passover, Sederlast_img read more

Campus dining director discusses new dining locations

first_imgShortly before winter break, Campus Dining announced the addition of two new dining locations on campus. Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a Greek restaurant, will take the place of Au Bon Pain Catering in the Hesburgh Center. Director of Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe said that the new eatery will offer fresh, healthy Mediterranean food in a social yet scholarly setting.  “We wanted to respond to the new Jenkins-Nanovic Building, which is constructed right next to where this facility is going to be, and we also want to acknowledge the growing globalization of our campus and begin the process of introducing authentic, delicious cuisines,” he said. Abayasinghe said Garbanzo is expected to open in March 2019. The second new retail location, Pizza Pi, will be located in the place of Reckers on the south side of South Dining Hall. According to a previous Observer report, the restaurant will serve mostly Italian foods, such as pizza, pasta and breadsticks, in addition to salads and smoothies. Pizza Pi’s hours are planned to be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. “Especially with the new residential hall being built on over on this side of campus, we also wanted to acknowledge late-night dining venues,” Abayasinghe said. “So we thought, what better way than for us to renovate Reckers?” Pizza Pi will also be serving beer and wine options to students who are of legal drinking age. Abayasinghe said several factors influenced the decision to serve alcohol in a campus restaurant. “The first piece was to acknowledge the ability for us to serve responsibly on campus,” he said. “The second part was for us to also acknowledge that as you have these cuisines come together, whether it’s pizza or whether it’s pasta or delicious salads or things along those lines, that we could introduce into the culinary scene here more than just soda and beverages like that, so we wanted to acknowledge that. And thirdly, thinking of the late-night activation and so on, we wanted to be able to create that environment where students could dine and also be able to drink responsibly.”Due to Indiana state laws, the dining area will be separate from the bar area, which only students who are over the age of 21 will be able to enter. Pizza Pi will also require identification to verify the age of students who wish to order alcohol, Abayasinghe said. “In the state of Indiana, we are required to follow certain codes in regards to the service of alcohol,” he said. “Because this facility will also be able to serve food and items like that to folks who are under 21, we have to physically separate the area where students will be 21.”Pizza Pi is set to open the first week of May 2019. In light of these renovations, Abayasinghe explained the process behind choosing which dining locations to remodel each year. “We also do periodically re-evaluate the restaurants that we have on campus and make decisions on which ones need to be remodeled and which ones don’t,” he said. “So it’s not like every year we remodel just one or two. It’s a planned process.”There are no concrete plans to remodel any other campus dining locations, though Abayasinghe said there are plans to evaluate locations to make sure they are running smoothly and determine if they need updating. “There are plans for us to evaluate facilities, and if they need to be remodeled because of the years of service it’s been open or whether we are shifting a concept, then yes, we would remodel them,” he said. Abayasinghe also stated that despite the success and prominence of the new Duncan Student Center, there are no concrete plans to remodel LaFortune Student Center, despite its many years of service. He also said Campus Dining renovated the back kitchens in LaFortune over the winter holidays. In addition to continued work on the retail eateries on campus, Abayasinghe said Campus Dining is working on reviewing the student meal plans and looking to improve the system. “One of the main items that we are continuing to work with student government on, as well as Student Affairs, is the ongoing conversation about meal plan review,” he said. “ … So I see that as our big conversation for the rest of the semester into next year.” Abayasinghe said the meal plan inspection is occurring because it has been a long time since campus meal plans have been evaluated. “Every so many years — it’s actually common practice and actually a best practice for us to review how our students are dining,” Abayasinghe said. “Knowing full well that the last review of meal plans happened 20-plus years ago, we know that it’s time for us to consider these conversations, and this has been ongoing for two years.”With all the new projects Campus Dining is unveiling, Abayasinghe said their decisions on renovations and projects to focus on are a response to the preferences of Notre Dame students. “It’s truly a partnership piece between ourselves and our students — and, by extension, Student Affairs — where we constantly evaluate and are open to conversation about, what do we do great? Where’s our opportunities, and then finally, what can we do to provide the best outcomes?” he said. “Every year we’ve been making those changes with new student leadership and I really think, with all the exciting things that have happened and continue to happen, is us being responsive to the needs of students these days.”Tags: Campus DIning, garbanzo mediterranean fresh, pizza pilast_img read more

Study Says COVID-19 Can Survive On Surfaces For Three Days

first_imgPhoto: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0NEW YORK – A new study suggests that the novel Coronavirus can remain infectious on plastic and steel surfaces for up to three days.Experts say how long the virus can survive depends on the kind surface it contaminates.For instance, COVID-19 can be detected on copper for up to four hours and on cardboard 24 hours. The virus can linger in the air, suspended in tiny particles, for up to three hours.The research explains how infectious the coronavirus is it is actually similar to SARS in that way. This study also shows why Coronavirus may more infectious in a medical facility. Many treatments like Nebulizers, suction devices and C-PAP machines can generate aerosol transmission.Based on this research, frequent deep-cleaning of all surfaces could make a difference in prevention.The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine with support from the National Institutes of Health. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sherman Man Faces Sex Charges Following Sheriff’s Office Investigation

first_imgStock Image.SHERMAN – A Sherman man faces sex charges following an investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division.Authorities say they discovered that Trever J. Kneer, 20, allegedly engaged in inappropriate actions with two juvenile victims in the Town of Sherman over the past two months.Kneer was arrested Wednesday by authorities. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of forcible touching.Kneer was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Program and will appear in Town of Sherman Court at a later date. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more